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This article explains how to book a priority vaccine appointment if you are an authorised worker with the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) in particular sectors (see below), aged 16 – 39 years and live in one of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern in Greater Sydney listed here.

You or your staff can now book a priority vaccine appointment if you are an authorised worker and contracted by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) in particular sectors (see below), aged 16 – 39 years and live in one of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern in Greater Sydney listed here.

Getting vaccinated helps to protect yourself, your staff, those you live with and the community. Two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will give you around 90% protection against hospitalisation and death from COVID-19, and significantly reduces the risk of spreading the virus to other people.

How to book as an authorised worker

Authorised workers include staff who work for non-government organisations contracted by DCJ to deliver services in:

  • child protection, including out-of-home care and child and family services
  • homelessness and housing services, including community housing providers
  • disability services

Your staff can find a priority clinic and book their appointment as an authorised worker today.  NSW Health has provided the attached information to help authorised workers book their priority vaccine. It is important that the instructions are followed to ensure that you and your staff are able to make an appointment. Please note that while the attached guidance refers to DCJ staff, the same guidance applies to eligible staff of NGOs funded by DCJ.

How to book if you are aged 16 – 39 years

If you have staff aged 16 – 39 years and living in one of the areas of concern, they are now eligible to book a priority appointment for the Pfizer vaccine.

The majority of cases and a quarter of people in intensive care with COVID-19 in NSW are under the age of 40. The Delta strain spreads easily, and in areas of concern people are more likely to come in to contact with the virus.


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